25 days of math (with treats)

25 days of math (with treats)

I love advent calendars. It's a Christmas tradition that I always wanted and never had growing up, so last year I bought this lovely wooden one on deep discount at a local craft store, after admiring them for years. Of course, I immediately discovered why my parents...

More Biscuits!

Here is a lovely math exchange shared by my sister, Shannon, and my almost three-year-old nephew Cal. Mom: [gives Cal a plate with one biscuit] Cal: I want more biscuits! I want two! Mom: You may have one biscuit. Cal: I don’t want one! I want two! Mom: You may have...

Am I Streaking, Yet?

No need to picture security chasing someone around the field- I get cold too easily, I am not fast, and I love watching live sports, so a lifetime stadium ban would keep me from ever trying that type of streaking. In hopes I will stay engaged with running during the...

Math at the Movies- at Home!

At Math Anywhere! our projects invite math conversations into the spaces families go. Our Math at the Movies slides were designed to scroll across the big screen and engage a theater audience. With families now staying home to watch there is no reason we can’t bring...

What Repeats?

Patterns are everywhere! The game What Repeats? is a great game for young children and older kids as well. Patterns are abundant in nature (and within our own bodies), but they are especially noticeable in man-made objects. Take the image above, for example, and...

Find This Many & The Number Game

The game Find This Many is like the scavenger hunt version of How Many?. Instead of asking the open-ended, how many?, you can ask kids to find a specific quantity or value. When playing with toddlers and preschool kids, for the image above, I might say: I see two...

Find Shapes

The game Find Shapes is a pretty simple one that young children tend to play naturally when they start learning shape names. Shapes are particularly in abundance in man-made settings, but they are often found in nature too. Take the image above, for example, and Find...

Same or Different?

"You like 'poTAYtoes', and I like 'poTAHtoes', you like 'toMAYtoes', and I like 'toMAHtoes'..." Sorry, I couldn't resist. The game Same or Different? is one of the easiest games to understand and immediately play because we humans play it constantly without realizing...

How Many?

The game How Many? is such a versatile one because of its seeming simplicity. You can ask this question of just about anything. That simple question has so many hidden depths of possibility though. Take the image above: How many ways can you answer "How Many?"? The...

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